Today I was at a Murri football carnival, talking about what I do talking up health making sure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island mob all get their 715 health Checks. I don’t care where you go, if I can help you with the dealings with doctors or point you in the right direction that’s all that counts.
So I am talking up the health checks and explaining CCSS programs, it’s a Care Co-ordination program basically. The beautiful lady I was talking to Deb was saying that she had a Care Co-ordinator. She said how she was sick and the hospital couldn’t or wouldn’t help then she went through a lot of drama’s but she Got linked in on the North Coast and now has a Care Co-ordinator.
Deb would be around my age, she said having the Care Co-ordinator made the world of difference. She had some one to advocate for her. She was saying she was only a country Blackfulla didn’t understand the health system and that it was scary facing hospital chemotherapy and the other problems associated with it.
I shared my story with her and said I work in health and I find it daunting as a patient, and that if it hadn’t been for my Care Co-ordinator I would not have pulled through. Told her how she helped me get to specialists, helped to find a good dermatologist and did so much for me.
Deb, well she also went through family being called up and told you better say your good byes. Like me her response was “I can’t die, I have kids to take care of and a life to live”. But she is a fighter and she is there standing in front of me. So we made a pinky promise. That we would meet up at the next football carnival and just keep a check on each other.
So may God Bless Deb and her family and I thank God that I had Helen the best Care Co-Ordinator around